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In starship classification, colony ships or colony transport ships were spacecraft, especially starships designed to transport colonists and equipment to new worlds.

Early human colony ships were nuclear powered. These ships were used to colonize the Solar System. (ENT: "Borderland") This was likely during Earth's pre-warp era. A typical colony ship was unarmed and may be dismantled at its destination, in order to provide an initial material base for the construction of further colony installations.

By the 24th century, colony transport ships often carried dedicated personnel shuttles. (TNG: "The Ensigns of Command") Regular transport ships were also used to ferry settlers, as did the Erewon-class personnel transport. (TNG: "The Schizoid Man"; DS9: "Paradise")

Colony ships are also used in the video game Star Trek: Armada II.

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